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Man charged with firearm and drug crimes

Police officers in North Dakota often respond to calls to investigate certain scenarios. They likely anticipate what actions they may take based on the initial dispatched information. However, in some cases, officers discover a different situation than what was originally communicated. A man from Watford City was recently arrested on several charges of firearm and drug crimes after police encountered him in an investigation of another matter.

Officers from the Watford City Police Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to reports of disorderly conduct. A man they questioned claimed that someone had assaulted him. When police attempted to search a home for the man, they found another man, age 44, in the house. Police obtained permission from the county prosecutor to search the premises after the man allegedly denied entry to them.

According to reports, officers found a large amount of marijuana, pipes, digital scales and a small amount of methamphetamine. Several guns and purportedly homemade gun suppressors were also found, per an affidavit of probable cause. The man faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver with 300 feet of a school, hindering law enforcement and possessing an automatic rifle, silencer or bomb. Other charges include possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Being charged with drug crimes in North Dakota is a serious matter. If convicted, penalties could range from fines to significant time in jail. It would be wise to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for guidance. A knowledgeable lawyer will examine all evidence to ensure that a client's rights are protected throughout the legal process. A strong defense team will work to minimize the potential negative impact on a client's life.  

Source:, "Watford City man faces gun, drug charges", Jamie Kelly, Aug. 26, 2017

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